I'll tell you how the DP can be funded, and be made obsolete at the same time: Spread the message of Liberty!
The economics of a website are: Pageviews, pageviews, pageviews. Facebook really didn't start making money until they hit a billion users. Basically, the DP makes a few fractions of a penny for each page view. So, the more pageviews, the better. The same is true for every website.
Have you noticed how agressive advertising has become? I've mentioned this before. Have you noticed how you have to watch an ad now before almost every YouTube video? Many you can't even skip after 5 secons.
And even "respectable" news sites all seem to have popup ads - something I've long resisted on the Daily Paul. And they also have stupid news feeds and sketchy ads from sketchy companies leading to sketchy websites offering sketchy products. Again, I've long resisted this kind of crap, but at this point, things are getting desperate. The competition for eyeballs is intense.
The whole point of making the ad-free premium subscriptions was to exploit the sketchy ad markets. But I've never been able to bring myself to do it. To sully and soil the DP with those kinds of ads.
But ... everyone is doing it. I hate giving into that kind of mentality, but I also hate the agressive panhandling that I've had to do on the DP for the last month, to try to buy a few more months of time. And in that few more months of time, I'm afraid I'm going to have to go with the popups and the sketchiness - unless you're a paid subscriber.
I am so grateful and thankful for everyone who has sent in donations - we're over 400 contributors now! I really can't believe it - how inspiring this is.
There are almost 60,000 registered users, 10,000 of whom have signed in over the past 6 months. Still, just a few hundred paid subscribers...
More later. It is late, and I've had a long day. I signed, addressed and stamped over 100 post cards today. They're going out in the mail tomorrow...
Thank you bear, and everyone here who loves the Daily Paul. Not for me, but for the education and the oasis you provide for others who are finding their way in a sea of propaganda.
To be mean is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that one is; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil out of stupidity. - C.B.
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